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El Norte (1983)  link to El Norte on IMDb  link to trailer on IMDb

Number: 359

cover El Norte

IMDb Rating:
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7.8/10 (3824 votes)

Country: Spanish, 141 minutes

Spoken Languages: Spanish

Genre(s): Drama

Director(s): Gregory Nava

Cast: David Villalpando (as Enrique), Mike Gomez (as Informer), Ernesto Gómez Cruz (as Arturo), Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez (as Rosa), Alicia del Lago (as Lupe)

Medium: Original DVD,

Subtitles: English

Plot Outline: Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than "brazos fuertes" ("strong arms", i.e., manual laborers) and organizing in an effort to improve their lot in life, are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, a brother and sister, teenagers who just barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to "El Norte" ("the North", i.e., the USA). After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling through Mexico, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, and undocumented immigrants.

Loaned: No

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Apr 26, 2017